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2011 Audi A5

The Audi A5 is a four seater well designed and luxurious coupe and convertible with all the amenities a modern car should have. Both are available in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels. Audi A5 is based on Audi A4 sports, the main difference is A5 having two doors unlike four doors in A4.

The Audi A5 is available only with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The A5 comes equiped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine producing 211horsepower and 258lb-ft of torque along with a standard six-speed manual and an optional automatic transmission. An option of 3.2-liter V6 engine also available, but only with the automatic transmission. The A5 coupe comes standard with all-wheel drive, optional for the cabriolet.


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Standard features in the Audi A5 Premium includes eight-way power front seats, 18-inch wheels, a dash-mounted Multi Media Interface controller, foglights, cruise control, leather upholstery and a 10-speaker CD audio system with satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack. The coupe is equipped with a tilt-only sunroof, while the cabriolet gets a power-retractable soft top and a wind blocker.

The Audi A5 Premium Plus adds LED running lamps and taillights, different wheels, tri-zone automatic climate control, automatic bi-xenon headlights, automatic wipers, heated front seats, Bluetooth and an iPod/USB audio interface. The options includes the Navigation package, voice controls, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, HD radio and a color trip-computer screen. The Audi A5 Prestige adds key-less ignition/entry, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, driver memory functions and a Bang & Olufsen premium sound system. Other options in Prestige includes an optional blind-spot warning system, Audi Drive Select and adaptive cruise control.

The Sport package available for the Audi A5 Premium Plus and Audi A5 Prestige trim levels adds a sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels, high-performance tires, sport seats and shift paddles for the automatic transmission. The Audi A5 cabriolet ‘Comfort package’ adds ventilated front sport seats, a neck-level heating system, adjustable lumbar for the passenger seat and upgraded leather upholstery.

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Safety features in Audi A5 includes anti-lock brakes, front-seat side airbags, stability control and side curtain airbags. Optional safety features in A5 Prestige are blind-spot warning system and adaptive cruise control.

Audi A5 is packed with class and sophistication. Its cabin is luxurious, hi-tech and comfortable. The front seats are comfortable, though rear seats lack leg-room and head-room. The trunk can hold 12 cubic feet of load. On folding down the rear seats A5 coupe can accommodate larger items. The A5 Cabriolet features a power-operated fabric top that is stored beneath a metal cover, a lighter and simple arrangement than an expensive retractable hardtop. The Cabriolet also got good amount of space within the trunk when the top is down the load space is around 10cu ft.
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2011 Audi A4

The release of the A4 in 1996 marked an important change for Audi. Better-looking and sportier than the Audi 90

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it replaced, the A4 was a worthy competitor for the BMW 3-Series. More importantly, it began to draw a larger audience for what had been a struggling brand. For 2009, Audi redesigns the A4, making it larger, improving balance and


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offering an efficient new engine. The more appealing A4 will almost certainly continue to draw even more customers to Audi.

Standard equipment on 2.0T trims includes leather upholstery, automatic climate control, a tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, the usual power accessories, an 8-way power front seat, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, a sunroof, an 180-watt AM/FM/stereo with 10 speakers, an auxiliary input jack, Sirius Satellite Radio, fog lights and P225/50R17 tires on alloy wheels. Wagons also have roof rails for a rack or other cargo carrier.

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Audi A4 3.2 trims add heated front seats, memory for the driver’s seat and mirrors, a 6-disc CD changer, an iPod adapter, a Bluetooth wireless cell phone link, a trip computer, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights and P245/45R17 tires.

A Premium Plus package is offered for the 2.0T. It includes much of the 3.2 equipment, plus 3-zone climate control, heated front seats and xenon headlights. A Prestige package for both trims adds keyless access and starting, 18-inch wheels, Audi’s Blind Spot Alert system and a 505-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system with 14 speakers.

The redesigned A4 is offered with two engines and a choice of front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), which Audi calls quattro. While the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that Audi offered in 2008 was powerful and fuel-efficient, Audi has redesigned it for 2009. This version uses a timing chain instead of a timing belt and is both more powerful and more fuel-efficient. It produces 211 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, compared with the 2008 version’s 200 ponies and 207 lb-ft of torque. FWD versions come with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), while quattro models use a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic with Audi’s Tiptronic manual shift capability. Environmental Protection Agency fuel-economy ratings are 23/30 mpg (city/hwy) for the FWD sedan with the CVT, 22/30 for the quattro sedan with the manual, and 21/27 for the sedan or wagon with the automatic.

Audi A4 3.2 trims have a 3.2-liter V6 engine that makes 265 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque. It comes only with the 6-speed automatic transmission and quattro, and EPA fuel-economy estimates are 17/26.

Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system is rear-biased. Under normal conditions, it sends 60 percent of the power to the rear wheels and 40 percent to the front. When slip is detected, an automatic locking center differential can send most of the power to the axle with traction.

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Audi has been the industry standard for interior quality for years, and the 2009 A4’s cockpit is better than ever. In my opinion, the dashboard is one of the most attractive available today. The only hard plastic is the trim piece that surrounds the instrument cluster. The dash is made of a solid, soft-touch material, the armrests and center console are padded, and the trim is either aluminum or wood. The electroluminescent gauges are easy to see and read, and red lighting around the controls makes them easy to find at night.

True to its sport sedan intentions, the A4 has supportive seats that keep drivers in place during aggressive cornering. The optional sport seats provide even more support. A standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel, plenty of seat controls and good headroom and legroom make it easy to find a tailored driving position.

The 2009 A4’s increased length benefits back-seat space, which has been a problem for the A4 in the past. Two adults can fit back there unless the front-seat passengers push their seats all the way back, and three children will fit as well. Headroom is good for all but the very tall, and there is plenty of toe space under the front seats.

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The A4’s premium qualities extend to its ride and handling characteristics. The 2009 model is 4.6 inches longer overall and 6.5 inches longer in wheelbase. Audi says the extra length allowed engineers to move the front axle 6.1 inches forward and the engine back toward the center of gravity. In addition, the new model has a 1.8-inch wider track. These changes give the A4 some much-needed stability at high speeds and better turn-in response. It feels smaller than its size and is nimble in quick changes of direction. While it still isn’t a match for the BMW 3-Series on twisty roads or a racetrack, the difference is negligible on the street.

The A4’s base engine is also its best engine. The 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder provides maximum torque as low as 1500 rpm. That means the A4 2.0T is sprightly from a stop and has willing passing response. Zero to 60 mph takes only 6.5 seconds with the easy-shifting manual transmission, and as little as 6.7 seconds with the smooth and responsive automatic.

The 3.2-liter V6 comes only with the automatic transmission, and it propels the A4 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. While that’s faster than the 2.0T, it’s not much faster, and the added price and reduced fuel economy conspire to make the V6 an unwise buy. On top of that, the 3.2 is far outperformed by BMW’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6.

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2011 Audi A3

Some entry-level cars aren’t very desirable outside of their lower prices because their producers cheapened them to keep their cost

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down. But that isn’t the case with Audi’s new entry A3 sedan. An early 2006 model, the compact A3 is the most conveniently sized Audi for parking and such. It’s slightly smaller than Audi’s top-selling A4, but offers most of


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the A4 sedan’s attributes for lower prices.

Pricing for a 2005 A4 sedan begins at $27,350. The A3 costs $24,740 with a 6-speed manual transmission and lists at $26,220 with Audi’s race-car-inspired Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) transmission. The DSG is derived from a conventional 6-speed manual gearbox and essentially is a clutchless manual transmission that can be set to shift like an automatic.

The DSG in my A3 test car provided lightning fast gear changes with an electro-hydraulically controlled twin clutch, although it was mostly left in “drive” mode because it shifts smoothly and efficiently in that mode.

Upscale Appearance

The front-wheel-drive A3 looks upscale and is handsome—despite having Audi’s new, rather ungainly looking larger grille. Somehow, the

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grille looks better on the A3 than on larger Audis.

The approximately 3,300-pound A3 resembles a small station wagon, although Audi knows that’s an unwanted description in America. So it calls the A3 a “premium compact sedan with the sportiness of the Audi TT coupe sports car.”

Whatever. The A3 actually could be described as a utilitarian crossover vehicle because of its hatchback and generous cargo area, especially with the split rear seatback folded forward.

There’s decent room for four 6-footers, but legroom becomes tight behind a 6-foot driver who moves his seat more than halfway back. The right rear passenger doesn’t have that problem, although neither rear passenger has a surplus of room.

Fun to Drive

The A3 is agile and fun to drive, although some may feel that Audi’s new electromechanical steering with speed-dependent power assist is too light at lower speeds.

The steering becomes progressively firmer to provide a reassuring feel at highway speeds and requires less energy than a conventional steering system.

Touchy Brake Pedal

Audi’s comparison of the A3 with its TT sports car isn’t too far off the mark. In fact, the A3 almost feels like a lithe 2-seater. Anti-lock, all-disc brakes with a brake assist feature for sudden stops are powerful enough, although their touchy pedal takes some getting used to.

The all-independent suspension of my test A3 provided a ride that was supple but firm. I suspect that it would have been firmer if the car had the optional ($1,800) Sport package. That package adds a stiffer sports suspension, higher-performance tires, aluminum interior trim, front sports seats, leather covering for all seats and a roof spoiler.

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2011 audi a3

My test car did have the $2,025 Premium package. It contains a power driver’s seat and most features of the Sport package—except for the stiffer suspension, performance tires, spoiler and sport seats. Still, the standard front seats could be mistaken for sport seats because they provide excellent support.

My advice? Forget the Sport package and opt for the Premium option unless you like to drive really hard.

Occasional Tire Noise

Some highway surfaces brought out tire noise that was so excessive it caused front occupants to raise voices during normal conversation, although that wasn’t the case on most roads. The A3 is generally as quiet and refined as the A4. Fits and finishes are superb, and upscale interior materials are used.

Some audio and climate controls are small, but the dashboard is nicely designed and nothing inside the car shouts “cheap.”

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2011 audi a3

Lively Acceleration

The turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine generates 200 horsepower and provides such rapid acceleration (0-60 mph in 6.7 seconds) that it feels larger than it is. Audi likes to break new ground, so the A3 has the first production engine to combine FSI gasoline direct injection with a turbocharger.

That technology was in the Audi R8 that won the famous 24-hour Le Mans endurance race in France. It allows good responsiveness in all speed ranges, with maximum torque of 207 pound-feet available across a wide engine speed range—from 1,800 rpm to 5,000 rpm.

Engine revs are higher than in larger-engine cars above 65 mph with the DSG transmission, but the engine is relaxed even at 75-80 mph, with reserve punch for passing.

Nicely Equipped

Despite its entry status, the A3 has a good amount of comfort and convenience equipment. It includes automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, power windows, cruise control and an AM/FM/CD sound system with 10 speakers.

A $700 Cold Weather package probably doesn’t seem like a “must-have” option in the spring, but will be appreciated in northern winters with its heated front seats, windshield washer nozzles and exterior mirrors.

Fresh air and open-sky fans might go for the $1,100 “Open Sky” sunroof system; it consists of two glass panels—the front one opens and the rear one over the back seats is fixed. Both have sunshades.

Safety Items

Safety features are an anti-skid/traction control system, front torso side airbags and head-protecting side-curtain airbags. Rear torso airbags cost $350.

Entry-level cars are mostly designed to convince owners to eventually move up to an automaker’s larger, more expensive models. The A3 should do a good job in that regard.

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